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RIM recalls PlayBook tablets with faulty OS

We can't help but feel slightly sorry for the poor, beleaguered BlackBerry PlayBook.

We get the distinct feeling that the seven-inch pretender to the iPad's tablet crown was thrust into the limelight before it was ready. Early reviews have been less than complimentary with many calling the device awkward to use and saying that the custom-built operating system feels unpolished and even unfinished.

The device has also been criticised for its reliance on its smaller sibling, the BlackBerry smartphone because, unless the two are paired side-by-side, the PlayBook in its current form is little more than a tricked-out external monitor for the business-friendly handset.

The latest leaked revelation from the PlayBook's Canadian maker RIM will do little to boost the tablets' reputation. Apparently, nearly 1,000 faulty units of the gadget have been shipped to Staples stores, and have become the subject of an urgent recall.

RIM has published a full list of every serial number for the shonky models affected by what was at first thought to be a hardware fault.

Recent updates to the yarn seem to indicate that the problem is with 'a faulty build of the OS' according to a hastily distributed statement from RIM which was sent to Crackberry:

"RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up.

If you're worried that you might have one of the affected PlayBooks, Engadget has a full list of the 935 serial numbers currently included in the recall.